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Students Choose Evangelization as Their Research and Service Project

September 16, 2019

Students Choose Evangelization as Their Research and Service Project

Cor Unum, which means “one heart,” is the research and service project performed by Middle School students at St John Bosco Schools in Rochester, New York. The school is accredited by NAPSCIS (National Association of Independent Catholic* Schools). The project aims at helping students understand the tremendous dignity of each and every person as made in the image and likeness of God, and that as Catholics, we have a profound responsibility to defend and uphold this dignity in all circumstances. Most of the topics chosen were related to poverty, hunger, homelessness, elderly, and protection of the unborn.

Two creative young sixth graders decided to research the problem of the lack of Gospel values in society, the division in the Body of Christ, and the hunger for Truth. They spent the school year learning about St. Paul Street Evangelization. St. Paul Street Evangelization is a grassroots, non-profit Catholic evangelization organization, dedicated to responding to the mandate of Jesus to preach the Gospel to all nations by taking our Catholic Faith to the streets. We do this in a non-confrontational way, allowing the Holy Spirit to move in the hearts of those who witness our public Catholic presence.

Jerry Marchand and Mike Monczynski joined the Rochester Chapter of SPSE at the Rochester Public Market on Saturday mornings offering free rosaries and literature to passersby. They also spent several hours creating over 500 Evangelization Kits that were offered to attendees of the Catholic Women’s and Men’s conferences in the Diocese of Rochester.

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A written paper detailing their research and work was required as well as an oral presentation. Jerry and Mike are grateful for the opportunity to share this ministry with their school community. Beyond that, they understand their responsibility to share the Person of Jesus Christ and His Holy Catholic Church.

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